~by Milton Steinberg
A marvelous tale of historical fiction. The book is about Elisha ben Avuyah, the only Talmudic sage to abandon Judaism and become a heretic. Because of the suffering of innocents, Elisha no longer can bring himself to base his beliefs in tradition. He leaves Palestine for Antioch and for the life of a scholar, in search of a faith based on reason rather than assumption. It ends rather depressingly but is a very good book, nonetheless. Recommended.